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Brumbies v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

Israel Dagg has been dropped to the bench for this weekend

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Article Published: Thursday 2 May 2013|

Sunday's Brumbies v Crusaders Super Rugby match is a rematch of the 2000, 2002 and 2004 Super Rugby finals.

The Brumbies and the Crusaders have met each other in Super Rugby 19 times since 1996 and the Brumbies have won 8 times and lost 11 times.

That translates to the Brumbies winning 42% of their matches against the Crusaders and the last two matches have been won by the Crusaders.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Crusaders is Brumbies 24 Crusaders 28.

This weekend the Brumbies will have home advantage as the match is in Canberra. The teams have met 9 times in in Canberra and the Brumbies have won 6 times with no draws.

The Brumbies have therefore won 67% of their matches against the Crusaders and their last loss to the Crusaders in the Australian capital city was in 2003 as they have won the last four matches.

In Canberra the average score is Brumbies 30 Crusaders 22.

Last week the Crusaders started with a bang against the Rebels but lost concentration and allowed the Rebels to overtake them.

The Crusaders tight five and their scrum saved the day as a home defeat looked to be on the cards.

The Crusaders have changed their attacking style for this season and when it works it really works but when it doesn't the Crusaders look like a shadow of past Crusaders teams. They are all still struggling to adapt to the new game plan and they almost lost last week and lost to the Force three weeks ago.

Israel Dagg has been dropped to the bench and the new game plan does not seem to suit him as he is not getting the breaks he was last year. Dan Carter starts the match but there is still Kieran Read.

At the time of writing the Brumbies had not named their team but they are expected to have their star fullback Jesse Mogg for the match and he is crucial to their game.

The Brumbies have played 10 matches so far this season and have won 7, lost 2 and drawn 1. They lead the overall Super Rugby standings - even if you discount the byes they would still be leading the standings.

In 2013 the Brumbies have played five matches in Canberra and even though they drew they are still unbeaten at home.

The Bookies have given the Crusaders a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Brumbies aren't Super Rugby leaders by luck. They have home advantage this week and should be able to beat the Crusaders. The Brumbies should win by 2.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and a delayed broadcast in the UK at 10 AM on SS2HD.

Average score: Brumbies 24 Crusaders 28

Last five results
11 Mar 2011 Brumbies v Crusaders 10-52 Nelson
14 May 2010 Brumbies v Crusaders 22-40 Christchurch
21 Feb 2009 Brumbies v Crusaders 18-16 Canberra
15 Feb 2008 Brumbies v Crusaders 3-34 Christchurch
28 Apr 2007 Brumbies v Crusaders 15-6 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Crusaders
Played 19, Wins 8, Losses 11, Draws 0

Match No.75: Brumbies v Crusaders
Date : Sunday 5 May
Venue : Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 16:05
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : Matt Goddard



1. Ben Alexander,2. Stephen Moore,3. Dan Palmer,4. Peter Kimlin,5. Sam Carter,6. Fotu Auelua,7. George Smith,8. Ben Mowen (c),9. Nic White,10. Matt Toomua,11. Joe Tomane,12. Christian Lealiifano,13. Tevita Kuridrani,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg,

Replacements :16. Siliva Siliva ,17. Scott Sio,18. Leon Power,19. Colby Faingaa,20. Ian Prior,21. Robbie Coleman,22. Pat McCabe


1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Corey Flynn ,3. Owen Franks ,4. Luke Romano ,5. Sam Whitelock ,6. George Whitelock (c) ,7. Matt Todd,8. Luke Whitelock,9. Andy Ellis ,10. Dan Carter ,11. Zac Guildford ,12. Ryan Crotty ,13. Robbie Fruean ,14. Tom Marshall ,15. Tom Taylor

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody, 18. Dominic Bird ,19. Jordan Taufua, 20. Willi Heinz , 21. Adam Whitelock , 22. Israel Dagg

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